Best Oktoberfest Events All Around the World
We update this best Oktoberfest list of events each year. This is more than a top 10 Oktoberfests list because it’s a worldwide celebration. In addition to the mother of all Oktoberfests, these are the best Oktoberfest events 2018 and seasonal beer festivals in the US, Canada and worldwide.
It’s based on the experience of festival attendees as reflected on top blogs, our experience and overall quality — availability & quality of Oktoberfest beers and German food, entertainment, logistics, proximity to transit, parking and accommodations.
Here is our list of the best 2018 –
When: Sept. 22 through Oct. 7, 2018
Opening day in Germany begins at noon local time. Serving times on weekdays: 10am – 10:30pm; weekends and the national holiday of German Unity Day on Oct. 3: 9am – 10:30pm.
Where: Theresienwiese festival grounds, Munich. The world’s first Oktoberfest was held here (1810) and it’s still the largest. A top event for travellers in Europe and around the world, Oktoberfest features enormous beer tents with a variety of best Oktoberfest beers, authentic German food, live performances, a carnival that goes into the night and exciting festivities! In recent years nearly six million attended and the event is expected to draw more visitors celebrating the festival in the future.
When: Sept. 7 through 9, 2018 in Breck, and Sept. 7-9 plus 14-16 in Vail
Where: Main Street, Breckenridge, Colo. and Vail Mountain, USA. Located off Interstate 70, then Route 9 south, Breckenridge is about an hour to hour and half from Denver and Denver International Airport (DIA). One of the most lively and scenic Oktoberfest events in the US, with traditional Oktoberfest beer, performances and variety of German food; another top Oktoberfest, and with an alpine feel, is nearby Vail Oktoberfest from the 7th-9th in Vail Lionshead at Vail or 14th-16th at Vail Village.
When: Oct. 5-13, 2018
Opening day planned for 5pm to 1am local time; hours vary on other festival days.
Where: Benton & Charles St. East, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. This is a massive celebration and one of the best Oktoberfests, with parade, opening ceremonies and festivities. It’s also the largest Oktoberfest in Canada, with visitors from Nova Scotia, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and abroad. The city of Kitchener is served by the Region of Waterloo Airport-YKF, Ontario, Canada, or about an hour and a half by road or VIA Rail Canada from Toronto.
When: Sept. 27-30, 2018
Opening day is planned for 9am local time – midnight, daily times vary; festival provides shuttle bus service from around the city. One of the largest Oktoberfest events in the US with plenty of food, entertainment and celebration. While Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati (Sept. 21-23), Ohio is generally the largest Oktoberfest in the US with more than 500,000 visitors, the Midwest’s Oktoberfest La Crosse is a big event in space and schedule with a German festival feel.
Where: La Crosse & 2nd Streets (the city is served by La Crosse Regional Airport-LSE or about three hours by Amtrak rail, bus or car from downtown Milwaukee or the airport in Milwaukee), Wisconsin, USA
When: Thurs. Sept. 13-16, 2018; view link for daily schedule of events
A celebration of harvest in Bavaria, Mount Angel, located near Salem, Oregon, hosts its celebration downtown with food chalets serving German favorites like brats and sauerkraut, and carnival favorites for the whole family. Work off the meal at an Oktoberfest run or get up and dance to plenty of live music. There’s also a festival biergarten planned for this year serving a variety of German and craft beer. Parking with shuttle service is available including for RV’s at this big Oktoberfest.
Where: Downtown Mount Angel, Oregon, USA
When: Oct. 5-7 & Oct. 12-14, 2018
Great food, huge beer tent & celebration mark one of the best Oktoberfest events in the world.
Head over for an Oktoberfest party whether you’re in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, New Zealand or abroad! Hours are planned for: Fridays 4pm – midnight local time, last entry before 11pm; Saturdays 11am – midnight, enter before 11pm; Sundays 11am – 8pm, enter before 7pm.
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills in Brisbane, Australia
When: Sept. 21-23, 2018
Hours are slated to be Fri. 5pm – midnight local time; Sat. 11am – midnight; Sun. 10:30am – 6pm. Seattle’s festival features a tasting garden to sample German, local and other beers from around the world. Festivalgoers are also invited to partake in an all-ages or family day on Sunday with a fun Oktoberfest 5K run, the Alpine Climb, which has benefited a charity yearly.
Where: 3503 Phinney Ave., Seattle, Washington, USA
When: Oct. 5-7, 2018
Hours planned: Fri. noon – midnight local time; Sat. 11am to midnight; Sunday 11am – 6pm. All ages festivities until 7pm and all day Sunday; regular admission after 7pm.
Where: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup, Washington, USA. An enjoyable festival with plenty of German food and beer as well as live performances in the Pacific Northwest. Off of I-5, this and Fremont Oktoberfest north of here are worth experiencing even if you’re over in Portland, Oregon! Oktoberfest NW began more than a decade ago and has hosted visitors from Spokane, Billings, Montana, Jackson, Wyoming and all over each year.
When: Oct. 5-7, 2018
Hours slated to be Fri. 6pm – midnight local time, Sat. 10am – midnight, Sun. 11am – 6pm.
Where: 100 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, USA. One of the most unique and enjoyable Oktoberfest events makes our best Oktoberfests list. It’s worth a visit even if you’re in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston or other parts of Texas. Features local, Texas favorites as well as German cuisine, and a wide variety of locally brewed, German and craft Oktoberfest beer.
When: Oct. 6, 2018
Hours planned: 1pm – 6pm local time
Where: Pack Square Park on S. Spruce Street in downtown Asheville (near the state’s Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest), North Carolina, USA. Check this out even if you’re in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, or Raleigh and make it a weekend. One of the most relaxing Oktoberfest events with great German food offerings, there you can also see this stunning area in the beautiful fall season.
When: Sept. 27-29, 2018
Hours slated for: Fri. 6pm to midnight local time; Sat. 11:30am – 4:30pm and closing festivities from 6pm to midnight local time.
Where: Festhalle Tent at Ontario Place at 909 Lakeshore Boulevard, Toronto, Canada. An Oktoberfest for city lovers and lakeside with a choice of general admission or VIP seating, Toronto celebrates the festival season with delicious German food and beer offerings.
When: Oct. 4-6, 2018
Several seatings to accommodate revelers are available.
Where: Festival tent at Downtown Vancouver, Canada on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street, featuring a celebratory beer tent feel with Oktoberfest music and entertainment, dancing, and German food options in the Marktplatz. Travel over if you’re in other Canadian cities to make it a weekend!
When: TBD; follow us to stay posted!
Slated for each evening, 6pm – 11pm
Where: Viewing platform at the Marco Polo HK Hotel – Kowloon, Hong Kong, China. While pricier (remember it’s HK dollars), it is among the top Oktoberfest events for German beer, food as well as music and entertainment. The longest running Oktoberfest in Asia, the German Bierfest has attendees visiting from as far away as Bangkok, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore and is Asia’s Oktoberfest to experience this year.
When: Sept. 21-23, 2018
Hours planned: Fri. 5pm to midnight local time with discounted tickets Fri. and Sun., Sat. (choose a session) 11am – 5pm and 6pm – midnight, Sun. 11am – 6pm.
Where: Pier 48 Waterfront – 3rd St. & Francois Blvd., San Francisco, California, USA. One of Northern California’s largest Oktoberfest events and a fall event with visitors from around the West like Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Utah, as well as the Bay Area. The Oktoberfest event also celebrates the contributions of German immigrants to America.
When: Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7, 2018
Opening hours are slated for: Fridays 4pm – 10pm local time; Saturdays noon – 10pm; Sundays noon – 9pm.
If you’re in Southern California (SoCal) or travelling there, this long-running, festive Oktoberfest is worth a visit. It’s located just 20 minutes from San Diego or La Jolla, a few hours from Los Angeles / LA and hour and a half from Long Beach or Orange County. Visitors from as far away as Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona have come to experience the German food, beer, live bands, dancing and fun.
Where: 1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon, California, USA
When: Sept. 22, noon-8pm on South Street, and at the armory Oct. 5-6.
Where: 700 block South Street, and 23rd St. armory at 22 S. 23rd. St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
With an Oktoberfest tent, many German beers to taste and great food, this Oktoberfest celebration first on South Street is a party worth visiting whether you’re in the city, the nearby Main Line, or even the Wilmington-Baltimore area. Live music and a festive vibe – arrive early for seating; food and drink are available pay-as-you-go or for a package. This is the South Street festival’s 10th anniversary. There are also several sessions to experience Oktoberfest at the armory Columbus Day weekend.
When: Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2018
The hours planned are: Fri. 4pm-midnight local time, Sat. noon-midnight, Sun. noon-midnight, Mon. noon-8pm. Packed with live bands and Oktoberfest music under the festival tent, Cleveland’s Oktoberfest begins with a keg tapping and parade. There’s plenty of great German Oktoberfest beer and food through the long weekend.
Where: Cuyahoga County Fair Grounds, 19201 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
When: October 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20th
Opening hours planned for: Fridays 4pm local time – 11pm, Saturdays 1pm – 11pm.
Where: Deutsches Haus at 1700 Moss Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. New Orleans’ festive Oktoberfest spans three weekends for attendees’ convenience, at the Gulf Coast’s Deutsches Haus featuring German food, brews and plenty of music and dance performances.
When: Oct. 11-14, 2018
Hours slated: Thurs. 5pm – 10pm, Fri. 10am – 10pm local time, Sat. 10am – 10pm, Sun. 10am – 8pm.
Where: the city’s Germantown neighborhood at 998 5th Ave North in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Lots of live bands playing Oktoberfest polka, taste of German and specialty brews, food and craft vendors, and also music by Nashville’s great singer-songwriters. There’s even an Oktoberfest bratwurst eating contest! Music City’s festival also features a Nashville Oktoberfest parade scheduled for 1pm on Saturday at Harrison Street & 5th Ave North.
When: Oct. 19-21 and 26-28.
Opening hours planned for: Fridays 4pm – midnight local time; Saturdays noon – midnight; Sundays 11am – 9pm
Where: 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral (near Fort Myers beach but no pets please), Florida, USA. An authentic and one of best Oktoberfests, this has been Florida’s largest Oktoberfest event and worth visiting for the German food, beer and live German band performances, whether you’re combining a beach visit to beautiful Fort Myers, Tampa – St. Petersburg, or even a visit to Orlando, Miami – Fort Lauderdale.
Scheduled for: Sept. 28 through Oct. 7, view link for hours.
A taste of Munich in New York, the city’s Zum Schneider German restaurant hosts a big Oktoberfest tent on the East River. Thinking of Oktoberfest in Boston, Hartford, Stamford or Providence – this year head down to experience this vibe and make it a weekend in the city. There’s also been a corporate networking night by reservation; all other days offer a choice of general, reserved and VIP seating. Taste from a variety of German beers and authentic German dishes in the festival tent.
When: Sept. 29, 2018
Oktoberfest in the Washington, DC area, Virginia or Maryland? Take a scenic drive or bring some friends with you to Loudoun County, Virginia for an Oktoberfest celebration with beer keg-tapping ceremony, beer garden, Bavarian music and dance – even wiener dog races. Free entrance. For families there’s also a kinderfest recently with activities, country fair games and pony rides.
Where: 6 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Lovettsville, Virginia, USA
When: Oct. 19-20, 2018
The largest Oktoberfest in Virginia and one of the best Oktoberfests in the Mid-Atlantic and South offers a German Bavarian experience of beer, food, Oktoberfest music and dance. Everyone attending is invited to swing the night away to live bands in the beautifully decorated dance hall; there’s even been a beer stein hoisting contest. Hours planned for: 6pm – midnight on the 21st, 3pm – midnight on the 22nd.
Where: Old Dominion Building at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Virginia
When: Oct. 18-21, 2018
Hours slated: Thurs. 5pm – 11pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am – 1am, Sun. noon – 6pm
Unique Oktoberfest experience that has featured German bands as well as country-western artists, old-time rock and dancing. With a selection of German and Oktoberfest-inspired beer, revelers can taste Bavarian food, compete in a beer mug relay race (or other Oktoberfest competitions!), or visit the festival’s arts and crafts fair.
Where: River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
When: June 22-24, 2018 (early but great international beer festival!)
More than 200 beers including rare, hard-to-find beers from Germany and all over the world are featured in this unique beer festival celebrating the craft of brewing and breweries. While early in the beer festival season, PIB as its known in Portland gives you up to three days to visit and explore the world’s beers.
Where: Pearl North Park – Entry at NW Davis & NW 8th, Portland, Oregon
When: Aug. 3-5, 2018
At the London Tobacco Dock you can experience the UK’s great and flourishing craft beer scene. Entrance has included unlimited small pours and festival beer glass. There are also local food vendors and regional music acts. If you’ve been to London Beer Week, put this beer festival on your beer bucket list.
Where: Tobacco Dock of Wapping Lane, London, England, UK
When: Aug. 25, 2018, 2pm-7pm
A superb German beer list along with German food offerings and live music make this event Atlanta’s Oktoberfest celebration. General admission has included a commemorative beer sampling glass to taste any of the dozens of available beers there.
Where: Woodruff Park, Peachtree Street NE & Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
When: Oct. 26 through Nov. 4, 2018
At venues including craft breweries, across the city. A well and uniquely done beer week given the broad participation, variety of beer events including demonstrations and delicious craft beer tastings around the city. Events generally take place between noon – 9pm local time.
Where: Austin, Texas, USA
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